Robotic milling of aluminum profiles
The highly competitive nature of the automotive industry is constantly driving new manufacturing concepts. ACL Automotive has recently entrusted the machining of roof rails to the nimble hands of Stäubli robots and is well satisfied with the results.
An established supplier to the automotive industry, the Czech-based company ACL manufactures products such as roof rails and carriers. One of its main customers is Skoda. The roofs of models such as the Fabia II, Octavia III and Yeti are graced with products emanating from the ACL Automotive factory in Liberec, northern Bohemia. ACL has many years of experience in manufacturing roof rails.
The production line, as previously configured, could only offer one variant. Now however, capacity has been increased and two variants are being produced. In order to meet the new production requirements, ACL brought plant designer and constructor Ultratech on board. The experts from Ultratech were tasked with proposing an economical alternative.